Is Samara ready to host the 2018 World Cup?

With the World Cup coming up in less than a year, cities all over Russia are giving their best efforts to prepare for the competition and the massive influx of tourists it will undoubtedly bring. At the beginning of September, Russian Football News had the opportunity to visit Samara; the sixth largest city in Russia and host of six World Cup matches next year. During the time there, a close eye was kept on the changes that were being made in time for the World’s most popular sporting … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Hleb and the Second Chance in Samara

Former Belarus international Aleksandr Hleb made the news recently as he was announced as a new signing at Krylia Sovetov Samara. Now 35-years-old, this is his second spell at the club, having joined them in 2012 following his release from a disastrous spell at Barcelona. With an illustrious European career behind him, with stints at Stuttgart, Barcelona, Wolfsburg and Birmingham, Hleb is most fondly remembered for a three year spell with Premier League giants Arsenal. Joining in 2005 from … [Read more...]

Interview with Bart Caubergh: Physical Training and Extreme External Factors in Russia

Ever since the 2011/2012 season, when the Russian Football Premier League abandoned the calendar year to instead follow the European season, it has been debated whether or not this was the right move. The switch meant that Russian clubs now play well into December, while also kicking off after the winter break at the beginning of March, when most of the country is still covered in snow. While this always equals a bunch of cancelled games and a poor quality of games, it also gives a long range … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Krylia Sovetov

Introduction There can be no doubt that Krylia Sovetov's only aim this season is mere survival in the Premier League. The campaign got off to a bad start and it seemed that, thanks to lack of investment from the board, no improvement had been made from last season and in fact, things had gone backwards with the loss of key players in the summer. Despite the fact that Franky Vercauteren was given no backing from the hierachy, he was solely blamed for the club's woeful start and was … [Read more...]

Franky Vercauteren Pays Price For Boardroom Errors

News of Krylia Sovetov manager Frank "Franky" Vercauteren leaving the club came as no surprise given his publicly-known frustration with life at the club as they struggle at the bottom of the Premier League. However, the Belgian found himself on the end of a sacking rather than being allowed to leave on his own terms. Although Krylia are in a spot of bother right now, it is important to remember where they were when Vercauteren took over. Before the Belgian arrived in Samara, Krylia had … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Krylia Sovetov Samara

Introduction: Frank Vercauteren's men capped a fine season by pipping the FNL's wealthiest club, Anzhi Makhachkala, to the second tier title, returning to the top flight after a brief one-year abscence. Their record is impressive: no side from outside Moscow has played more games in the Russian Premier League than the Samara-based outfit, and they can boast three European campaigns in the last 15 years to boot. A strong run in the Russian Cup to the quarter finals came to end with Bibras … [Read more...]

The Wrap: Sept 30 – Oct 7

BEST OF THE WEEK Rubin have had a fantastic week, with another comprehensive win in the Europa league, and then following it up with a 5-1 hammering of Anzhi. Berdyev's men are on the crest of a wave at the moment and all without main striker Salamon Rondon. Top stuff. Dynamo really dominated the game against CSKA, and Dan Petrescu will be delighted with his side's performance in this derby match, after disappointment against Loko a few weeks ago. WORST OF THE WEEK Kuban are really not … [Read more...]

James Appell: “Russian and English football have the same problem”

If you follow Russian football, you probably know who James Appell is, given there aren't too many foreign journalists covering and interested in Russian football. There have been interviews with him in the Russian press (he's well known in Russia). Reading it, I always thought it would be great to talk to him myself, and, probably, have an interview. The years passed, and, in the end, I found the opportunity. I heard he was coming to visit the Volga - Spartak match in Nizhny Novgorod, and … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Transfers

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Krylia Sovetov Injuries

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